Floating laboratory in a real offshore environment (HarshLab)

Laboratorio flotante HarshLab

the offshore industry in a real environment under controlled conditions.

The performance of new materials and coatings is evaluated in the marine environment, along with complex equipment, such as movement, positioning or corrosion sensors.

The testing conditions range from the atmospheric area to the seabed.


HarshLab1.0 is anchored at BIMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform), 1.6 miles off the coast of Armintza (Bay of Biscay, Spain).


HarshLab enables tests to be carried out under controlled conditions of:

  • Corrosion
  • Ageing
  • Antifouling solutions
  • Sensoring and communications systems for the offshore world.
  • New connection systems for risers, connectors and umbilicals in real conditions.
  • Prototypes in operation and connected to the electrical grid, which are immersed, on deck or in the hold.

The laboratory has a 3G telecommunications connection, its own weather station, a positioning system, an underwater modem to connect submerged elements to the surface and a small ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) for inspections.

The testing conditions include:

  • The atmospheric area
  • The splash area
  • The immersion area
  • Anchoring elements
  • Umbilicals, connectors and risers
  • Tests on the seabed

HarshLab is anchored at BiMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform), 1.6 nautical miles off the coast, where it is exposed to heavy storms in the Bay of Biscay. It has good maritime communication with the port of Armintza and is monitored 24 hours a day.

Thanks to the weather stations and ocean buoys installed in and around BIMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform), we have extensive records on the weather and sea conditions recorded during the tests.

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Companies, universities and any national/international research centre interested in testing materials or components in a real offshore environment.

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